Baum, Johann Wilhelm (1809-1878)

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Johann Wilhelm Baum, a professor of theology at the university of Strasbourg, b. 7 December 1809, in Flonheim (Rheinhessen), d. 28 October 1878, author of the classic, Capito und Butzer, Strassburger Reformatoren (1860), in which the Anabaptists were also considered, though inadequately and incompletely. Of interest is his opinion: "With some of their views and principles these people were guilty in part of only the one wrong, namely, that they were 300 years too early." The 24 manuscript quarto volumes of his Thesaurus epistolicus Reformatorum Alsaticorum, a collection of about 3,000 copies of documents, which he bequeathed to the library of Strasbourg, have by no means been exhausted with respect to Mennonite history.


Ficker, Johannes. Thesaurus Baumianus. Straßburg: Selbstverl. d. Bibl., 1905.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 140.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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